Early Childhood PD Trainings

"Let's have a Sweet Professional Development Training!" -- Patrick Mitchell
Head Start team members having fun at a Down To Earth Dad staff training in Louisiana.

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The Down To Earth Dad® professional-development staff trainings — whether on father engagement, staff stress reduction and mental health in support of work-life balance, or integrating family storytelling into your program — are for individual programs and schools across America, child-and-family serving state, regional, and national education associations, organizations, school districts, and tribes.

Always entertaining and interactive, these professional-development events contain immediately-useful information your team can use to optimize children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Chances are VERY good your team will say afterward this was the most FUN (and interactive) training they ever attended!

These professional-development trainings — in summer and during the school year, or as breakout sessions at conferences — have a lasting, positive impact on new and experienced staff, and they help bring about lasting, positive outcomes for the children and families connected to the programs and schools hosting these high-quality trainings.

Local programs host these trainings in their gym, lunchroom, conference room, auditorium, or other local meeting space/venue such as a church or event center.

Father/Male Engagement Training:
    • Learn *exactly* how to talk to men so they’ll listen.
    • Learn how to listen to men so they’ll talk (click link at left).
    • Celebrate maternal and paternal parenting styles
    • Learn tried, tested, and perfected techniques to get (and keep) men optimally engaged.
    • Be motivated and entertained by the trainer, by cool audio-visuals, and by each other!
    • Learn how to motivate your dads’ employers to support father engagement by letting your men attend your family events.
    • Share individual and small-group visions for enhanced father engagement, and set goals for positive outcomes all year long.
    • Bond closer as a team.
    • Have fun!
Do you have Home Visitors on your team?  They’ll benefit HUGELY from this training because home visits (and intake/screenings) are perfect times to “raise the bar” for fathers and show how your program values engaged dads for so many reasons.
Staff Stress-Reduction Training: 

TRUE STORY:  The Office of Head Start (OHS) published a memorandum supporting staff wellness, well-being, and mental health for all staff in the Head Start workforce.

Staff wellness & well-being is VITAL to child well-being, so it’s CRUCIAL to optimize your team’s interactions with children and families by reducing their stress.

You can augment your father/grandfather engagement staff training with stress-reduction elements, or let the stress-reduction training stand on its own.  Contact Patrick for help deciding.

NOTE:  There are many other topics available for your Staff PD Training by Patrick Mitchell including early-literacy-enhancement via storytelling, peer-to-peer storytelling in support of work-life balance and more.  Let’s customize what works best for your staff/attendees!

See some of Patrick’s recent and upcoming events.

Do you need a VIRTUAL TRAINING instead?  Let’s plan it!

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